Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 released as Google Play Editions

Good news and bad news if you like your Android in its purest form. First up, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 have been released as Google Play Editions. But right now, there's no sign of the phablet and tablet in the UK version of the Google Play store.

That might remain the case too, as Google doesn't have a great track record in offering these Play variants outside of the US. But we can hope. There's no reason why it couldn't offer stock on this side of the Atlantic.

As for the hardware, there's no difference between the ones we reviewed, so the pluses and minuses generally still apply. There are a few differences elsewhere though. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been renamed Sony Z Ultra (perhaps for obvious reasons) and both lose the manufacturer's layers, so you get the pure Android experience, for better or worse. Obviously both come unlocked too and both run the latest version of Android, aka Android 4.4 KitKat.

If you happen to be in the US, the Ultra is available for $650, while the G Pad sells for $350. Fingers crossed Google others both here - and soon.

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